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Yunnan Province

Location: on the southern border of southwest China

Area: 394,000 sq km

Climate: The climate in Yunnan is characterized by distinctive features which include:(a) marked regional differences and vertical changes;(b) slight variation in annual temperature changes in contrast to dramatic temperature changes during the day and night(c) there is plenty of rainfall, but the distribution is not equal; and (d) there is a sharp difference between the dry and the wet seasons.

provincial capital: Kunming

Population: 42.88 millions (March 2001)

Ethnic groups: Yi, Bai, Hani, Zhuang, Dai, Miao, Lisu, Hui, Lahu, Va, Naxi, Yao, Tibetan, Jingpos, Blang, Achang, Nu, Primi, Jino, De'ang, Mongolian and Derung.

Agriculture: Yunnan's major crops are rice, maize, wheat, tuber crops, peas and beans, rape seed, peanuts, tobacco, tea, cotton, sugar-cane, and fruits.

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